In-house Placement

In-house Placement

Many lawyers consider leaving the law firm environment to join an in-house legal team. Some have an incomplete understanding of the realities of in-house practice and how to land that coveted role. The practice of law within a corporate legal department differs from that in a law firm in key respects resulting in a different “ideal candidate” profile; therefore, the in-house interviewing process also varies from that of most law firms.

We can help you understand:

1. The myths and realities of in-house vis-a-vis law firm practice.
2. How the “ideal candidate” profile for an in-house counsel differs from that for a law firm lawyer and why.
3. How to present law firm practice experience to best appeal to in-house hiring authorities.
4. Where to source in-house counsel job leads.
5. What to expect and how to succeed in in-house counsel job interviews.
6. How to navigate roadblocks in the in-house counsel career path.

In this increasingly mobile legal marketplace, many lawyers will move from law firms to in-house positions and, perhaps, back again. To make these moves add up to a successful long-term career, at each step candidates must realistically assess the pros and cons of in-house versus law firm practice, evaluate their hard and soft skills in relation to what prospective employers seek, conduct a well thought out and thorough job search, and thoughtfully communicate how their particular backgrounds can make a valuable contribution to new organization.

We can help you succeed.


Blog Articles Regarding In-House Counsel

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  • The In-house Interview

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  • The Ideal In-House Candidate

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  • Navigating In-house Career Roadblocks

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  • Myths of In-House Practice

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